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SMSU FOOTBALL: Mustangs ready to open up fall camp on Friday

MARSHALL – Southwest Minnesota State University officially begins its 51st season of college football on Friday when players report for fall camp under the direction of ninth-year head coach Cory Sauter. The team will report with equipment check-in and various team meetings, before ...

SMSU SOFTBALL: Bailey Bouman named head coach for SMSU softball

MARSHALL – Southwest Minnesota State University Director of Athletics Chris Hmielewski announced Wednesday that Bailey Bouman has been hired as the new head softball coach at SMSU. Bouman, who becomes the 11th head coach in program history, replaces Jamie Dunn, who resigned on July 19, ...

SMSU VOLLEYBALL: Another quest begins

By Sam Thiel sthiel@marshallindependent.com MARSHALL – Whether it was the squeaking of shoes on the hardwood floors of the PE Gym or the crisp, new uniforms worn by its players, all the sights and sounds were on hand at Tuesday’s practice for the Southwest Minnesota State University ...

AMATEUR BASEBALL: Milroy Yankees stamp ticket to state with win over Regal

ATWATER – Milroy Yankees manager Ryan Rohlik knew a strong start was going to be a difference maker in order for his team to find their way back to the state tournament. The Yankees offense backed that belief up in a powerful way. Andy Schmidt, Matt Bauer and Nolan Schaeffer combined to hit ...

AMATEUR BASEBALL: Lucky number four

HADLEY – When last season ended with a third trip to the state tournament, Hadley Buttermakers manager Myron Bennett set a new goal for his players: make a run for four. Mission accomplished. Luke Drooger took a shutout to the fifth inning, while the Buttermaker offense exploded for eight ...

AMATEUR BASEBALL: Marshall A’s fall short against Granite Falls, 4-3

ATWATER – Both the Marshall A’s and Granite Falls Kilowatts knew their matchup Saturday was going to be another close outcome, with both teams fighting to keep their seasons alive. Granite Falls’ Colton Vien and Marshall’s Jordon Kontz battled on the mound, each tossing a ...

AMATEUR BASEBALL: Lamberton opens region play with 2-1 extra-inning thriller

LAMBERTON – The Lamberton Long Sox entered the Region 2C playoffs on Saturday scorching hot, having won 15 of their last 16 games including a Tomahawk East League playoff series sweep of Leavenworth this past week where they outscored their opponent 23-5 in the two games. That momentum ...

AREA HOCKEY: Little Minnesota Wild hockey camp coming to Marshall

By Sam Thiel sthiel@marshall independent.com MARSHALL – Learning a sport can be a great way to be active, pick up new skills and develop a love for the game that will last a lifetime. This fall, area kids will have a chance to do all of that at the Little Minnesota Wild Learn to Play ...

AREA ATHLETICS: TMB to hold its fall sports meeting Monday

TRACY – Tracy-Milroy Balaton High School will be holding its annual fall sports meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. The meeting is highly recommended for parents and their students who are planning to participate in a sport during the 2018-19 school year. Fall coaches will also be ...

SMSU FOOTBALL: ‘I’m ready to play again’

MARSHALL – The Southwest Minnesota State University football team starts another season next week, and of all the players on its roster, perhaps no one is more excited than Blake Gimbel. The Mustangs quarterback is back for another go-around at his senior season after seeing his 2017 ...

VFW BASEBALL: Tracy trio competes in VFW All-Star Game

MILROY – Three Tracy players got a chance to join forces with some of their opponents from around the area on Thursday night. Jake Tauer, Luc Gervais and Konnor Zick all represented the Panthers in the VFW All-Star Game at Yankee Field, with the All-Stars hanging on to defeat the Luverne VFW ...

NCAA BASEBALL: Three Gophers earn spots in Northwoods League MLB Showcase

ROCHESTER – Three student athletes will represent the Gopher Baseball program at the Northwoods League's 2018 Major League Dreams Showcase next Tuesday, with teams announced for the doubleheader on Monday morning. Sophomore catcher Eli Wilson, playing this summer for the Willmar Stingers, ...

SMSU VOLLEYBALL: Mustangs ready to open up fall camp next week

MARSHALL - Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball will officially begin its quest for a 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance on Aug. 6, when players open fall camp to begin the 2018 season. This year's roster under the direction of head coach Terry Culhane-now his in 15th ...

AREA SWIMMING: Southwest Swim Club ends season with championship meets

MARSHALL – Southwest Swim Club attended three championship meets in July to end their spring/summer swim season. The Minnesota Achievement Championships were held in New Prague on July 14-15 for swimmers with a verifiable time that is slower than a "B" time standard. The Achievement ...

AMATEUR BASEBALL: Atwater cruises past Marshall A’s in playoff opener

ATWATER – The Marshall A’s came up empty in key spots, leaving 13 baserunners stranded across nine innings in their Region 4C playoffs opening-round loss to the Atwater Chuckers by a score of 8-2 on Saturday. In the top half of the first, Nate Hoeft led off for the A’s and was retired ...

AMATEUR BASEBALL: Cards rally past Mudhens, 3-2

MADISON – The Minneota amateur baseball team opened its Region 9C playoffs on Saturday with a matchup against the Clinton Cards. The Mudhens were able to hold a slim lead for the majority of the game, but a late comeback snuck the Cards past Minneota 3-2. The Cards got out to a quick start ...

AMATEUR BASEBALL: A quality start

ATWATER – A three-run blast from Andy Schmidt, combined with a 10 strikeout complete game from Nathan Deutz, fueled the Milroy Yankees to a 7-2 win over the Granite Falls Kilowatts in the second round of the Region 4C playoffs on Sunday. Manager Ryan Rohlik lauded Deutz’ performance on ...

VFW BASEBALL: Marshall Orange takes second place at state

HAM LAKE – The Marshall 15U Orange baseball team put up a late rally against Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper in the MSF state championship game, but just fell short as Marshall dropped 7-5 on Sunday morning. Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper took an early 1-0 lead in the second before Marshall ...